South Korea

Seoul votes for a Mayor


By elections take place today in South Korea for the post of Mayor of Seoul, eleven district office chiefs, eleven municipal council members, and nineteen local council members in municipalities around the country.

All attention is focussed on Seoul where the Mayoral post is considered extremely important. The position is often a stepping stone to becoming president and this year has taken on further significance because it is just six months away from general elections in April 2012.

Around 8.4 million voters are entitled to vote between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time.

The ruling Grand National Party (GNP) candidate, Na Kyung-won, a former judge is being supported by the GNP frontrunner for the presidential nomination next year, Park Geun-hye.

Park Won-soon, an Independent with the opposition Democratic Party backing is the frontrunner. Park is being supported by Ahn Cheol-soo, an IT entrepreneur who has appeared almost from nowhere to be a possible dark horse candidate in next year’s presidential election.

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